Tuesday, October 29, 2013

the mixed media artist

if you don't know seth apter, you are missing out.
he is a delightful human, wonderful artist,
passionate community gatherer,
and generous promoter of other artists.
his new book,
"the mixed: art tips, tricks, secrets and dreams
from over 40 amazing artists"
is coming out this month.
i had the humbling privilage
to be featured amongst this incredibly talented bunch.

it is quite surreal seeing my work
and fumbling thoughts on the creative process
printed and in such great company.
i am unspeakably grateful
for the thoughtful soulful direction
in which seth's questions and prompts
catapulted my work.

the artists were invited to create two new pieces
inspired by specific prompts.
the prompts that inspired me were
"my shadow side" and
"below the surface".
i am including a couple of in progress detail shots
of that second piece and my thoughts
on what it evokes.

crash curse in thoracic surgery
the bits and pieces will fit.
take great care not lose even one,
torn and bruised as they may be.
hold them up to the sun,
one by one,
while whistling a familiar tune.
as far as the mending itself goes,
use what you have on hand.
it will do.
pause often for tea breaks.
in time, healing is sure to take its course.
a new song will bloom,
just below the surface. 

to learn more about the brilliant artists
showcased in the book,
check out seth's blog for the series of spotlights
he is featuring in the month of october.
for a chance to win a free copy of the book,
leave a comment on any of these posts.


  1. It's so inspiring to see the work in progress!
    Thank you!

    1. eva (such a lovely name!), thank you for stopping by. i am forever inspired by others so it is humbling to hear someone say that about my work. thank you!

  2. Your words, and your art, tho' seemingly simple, speak volumes to me. I am delighted to be introduced to you via Seth's book.

    1. so grateful to seth for helping me meet so many wonderful new friends! thank you for the kind words! i am pleased that the simplicity is speaking to you. your visit is appreciated!

  3. Love seeing how you work. Seth's book is on my Amazon wish list

    1. oooh, i can't wait to get my hands on the book as well, debbie! there is sure to be such a wealth of inspiration there! thank you for visiting and taking time to leave a note!

  4. I feel lucky to have your stunning artwork and thoughtful words on the pages of my book. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with all of us!

  5. aloha anca! i just found u thru seths blog, i have met only really talented and cool artist thru seth which says alot about him! tx for sharing and inspiring your art work is gorgeous! aloha, angi in hana

    1. isn't he wonderful? such a generous spirit! i am grateful to seth for introducing so many beautiful new friends to my online community. thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a note!

  6. Seth made a good decision to include you and your beautiful work in his book!
    Take care, Anca. I've been seeing a lot of your work on Pinterest lately. People love your work.

    1. nice to hear from you again, carole! i've been m.i.a. for a while now because of the arrival of my daughter (she's going to be 8 weeks tomorrow). but it's nice to come out of hibernation to say hello to everybody who is doing a much better job of keeping in touch. thank you for the kind words! have a wonderful weekend!

  7. How wonderful, Anca! I'm frustrated it doesn't come out in the UK till next year!! Grrr! Guess I'll have to be patient...

    1. dearest claire, it's so lovely hearing from you! so long to wait for something you are looking for! perhaps we can arrange for it to arrive to you earlier. much love from chicago! i will try to catch up with your comings and goings soon. baby is growing and things are getting slightly more manageable around here.

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    1. blushing. thank you for the visit and kind words! i am humbled.

      have a lovely weekend!

  9. Congrats to u anca and baby and husband! I just realized u have a new baby! Yeah, best thing we do in life is our kids, such a special time, enjoy! Aloha, angi in hana

  10. How wonderful for you... congrats and kudos... I have met Seth and he is a very good artist and really nice guy.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work and this introduction to Seth (book and blog).